Jan De Lichte | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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133 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbersÂ’ chief at the end of the 18th Century. He was broken on the wheel at the age of 23 at the Marketplace of Aalst.

Added by paterlodie on 12-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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23
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8
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Photo of Adamah_Adonai
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color is a light cloudy yellow with moderate white head.

Spice, citrus and a little must funk com off the nose.

As far as the flavor there is some light citrusy sweetness but followed by some nice herbal bitterness that finishes dry.

The beer is very light and fizzy.

This is head and shoulders above most wits on the market but comes across almost like a saison either way a must try beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a fairly transparent dull pale yellow, pure white dense frothy head, hyperactive nucleation, excellent lacing.

The aroma is much of powdery yeast and confectioners sugar backed by a pleasant musty spiciness, apple, pear, citrus.

Mildly sweet, vague apple and pear. More dry than bitter, the bitter is more herbal than hop. Hint of zinc. Medium bodied mouthfeel is illusionary thin at the first impression due to being so lively. As much a saison as a wit.
cheers
jd

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While commemorating the alleged, the Klein Brewery does so by creating a Belgian Witbier that's not quite a classic Wit. It shares a lot of Farmhouse Saison character, strength, and bitter spice that's just not quite true to style sake- it's better!

Kicking off the show- the beer could be either the Witbier or the Saison with its cloudy canary-yellow color and clarity. Fluffy, airy, and quite light- its head provokes the sense that this is a light and refreshing ale. Firm persistence and intricately laced, the beer simply looks like a well brewed Belgian ale.

Spice and fruit converge in the nose with the slight earthiness of dried lemons, lemongrass, and orage peels. Other spicy notes of obvious coriander, and more subtle clove, white pepper, and a tinge of saffron pull away from the coriander for a more spice-dominant balance. A tinge of alcohol and light grain sweetness offers a corkish must quality that set Saisons apart.

And the beer's taste follows a similar route: part-grain and part-malt provide a short-lived sweetness that is soon replaced by the fruit and spice interplay that takes place, hovering over the tongue. Notions of citrus fruit with fruit spice additions and natural yeast spices tilt the balance toward the more Saison spicy side. An aftertaste of whole wheat bread joins alcohol spice and earthen grass bitterness for a bolder taste than I'm used to in Witbiers.

Crisp, clean, and absolutely bone-dry, the beer's spice and lightly sulfury body dominates the mouthfeel. Near-champagne carbonation bounces off the tongue and carries with it any malt sweetness or textures. This allows for the spice and bitterness to drive the beer home with an arid scrubbing sensation that cleans the palate, offering only moderate acidity and mild spice astringency in the throat.

Sure, Jan De Lichte straddles the fence of styles- but this is what Belgium does. They don't make it easy for us to pigeon hole them into nice and neat little catagories. Its this whimsical and artistic way of brewing that them so great at what they do.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the farmer's cabinet. Served in a tulip. The brew appears a hazed yellow with a white cap about a finger strong. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is like coriander mixed with clove. Some wheat and a pleasant grainy freshness. Across the back is some sulfur and more wheat character like cereal grains.

The taste is full of coriander with an oily lemon essence. Some earthy yeast character is mid-palate mixing with a bitterness thats like rinds and pulp. Some alcohol is noted thats mildly solvent that increases in character as it warms up. Throughout the experience there are traces of sulfur present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it wasnt bad but it wasnt very memorable either. This is a take it or leave it sort of saison.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded deep straw colored brew, a white high head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of oranges, sweet banana, cardamom.

A sweet orange marmalade start, elderberries and lemon juice.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a medium body.

Not very complex, but good at sunset.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.02 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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